Speaker Series

Our Speaker Series events are designed to help you expand your employment outlook. At each event, you will:

  • Listen to professionals who graduated with your degree or work in your field of interest.
  • Hear tips and strategies about career and work search based on the lived successes and failures of professionals.
  • Gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they apply to the workplace.
  • Open doors to opportunities by talking with professionals who can get you connected.

Each event will have a panel, discussion, networking, and refreshments.

All events are free and registration is recommended.

Upcoming Speaker Series

Speaker Series

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Date

Time

Careers in History Faculty of Arts Thursday, October 19, 2017 5 - 7 p.m. 
What Can I Do with a Degree in Native Studies? Faculty of Native Studies Tuesday, October 24, 2017 4 - 6 p.m.
Careers in Sociology Faculty of Arts Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5 - 7 p.m.
Careers in Scientific Medical Profession(s):
Medical Physics
Department of Oncology, Medical Physics Division Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5 - 7 p.m.
Careers in Human Ecology Human Ecology Students Association Thursday, November 2, 2017 5 - 7 p.m. 
Using Your Language and Culture Degree Faculty of Arts Thursday, November 2, 2017 5 - 7 p.m. 
Women in Capital Markets Women in Capital Markets Tuesday, November 7, 2017  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Careers in English and Film Studies Faculty of Arts  Wednesday, November 8, 2017 5 - 7 p.m. 

Careers in History

Thursday, October 19, 2017
5 - 7 p.m.
Tory 3-36

Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts

Featured Speakers
  • Greg Cardinal
    Greg has enjoyed 7 years as a costumed historical interpreter, a role that has seen him research, develop public programming, mentor Junior Volunteers, and engage the general public in local indigenous narratives. He has represented Fort Edmonton Park, and various other organizations, at numerous festivals, city hall treaty commemorative events, and Vimy 100.  To date, he estimates that he has spoken to over 15,000 people during his career as a historical interpreter and costumed historic personae.
  • Jaymie Heilman
    Jaymie Heilman teaches Latin American history at the University of Alberta. She received her BA Honors in History from the University of Alberta and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of two books, Before the Shining Path and Now Peru is Mine.
  • Joan Fitzpatrick
    Joan Fitzpatrick received her BA in History at the University of Alberta, and has worked in a variety of museums and historic sites in Edmonton and Montreal. Joan worked for the City of Edmonton for many years, most as Public Interpretation Manager for Fort Edmonton Park and four other sites in the city, and for 5 years as Adult Education Manager. She is currently the Supervisor of Program Services at the Alberta Legislature, where she is responsible for all education, interpretation, exhibit and event programming.
  • Katherine Zwicker
    Katherine started her career in post-secondary education as a post-doctoral fellow, but transitioned into student affairs administration, first as the Student Engagement Coordinator within a U of A faculty where she oversaw co-curricular programming such as work integrated learning, community service-learning, and education abroad. In her current role within the Office of the Dean of Students, Katherine works with a wide range of campus stakeholders to manage student life initiatives across campus such as orientation and transition programming, student groups management, mental health initiatives, and sexual violence prevention. She enjoys the diversity of her role in that she also works on policy development and consultation, does committee work, and works directly with students, especially those seeking or in need of support provided by the University's student services.
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What Can I Do with a Degree in Native Studies? 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
4 - 6 p.m.
Pembina Hall 206

Sponsored by the Faculty of Native Studies

Featured Speakers

  • Cristina Pyesmany
    Cristina Pyesmany (soon to be Cristina Daniel) is a Claims Analyst in Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and currently is Acting Director of Communications. She has worked with INAC for 8 years in Intergovernmental Relations, Executive and Claims. Cristina graduated with a degree in Sociology and an after degree in the Faculty of Native Studies Honours program. She lives on an acreage dangerously close to her parents with her husband and two year old boy. She is reluctant to admit a love of sci fi such as Games of Thrones, enjoys gardening, and is passionate about Indigenous/Canadian history and how this history will continue to be made.
  • Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse
    Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse is Mohawk, Cree & Metis from the Michel First Nation.  She has completed her undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Native Studies and is currently completing her Masters in ALES. She is the co-founder of Miyo-Pimatisiwin Productions an Indigenous film corporation and she is the current Producer of the Indigenous radio program ACIMOWIN on CJSR in Edmonton. Her greatest joy is raising her two teenage children. 
  • Taya Burke
    Taya Burke is Metis from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She relocated to Edmonton over 10 years ago to pursue a post-secondary education at the University of Alberta. Taya completed her degree in Native Studies and a certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership in 2009. Shortly after my graduation, she began working with CAREERS: The Next Generation with the Aboriginal Youth Initiative program. Currently, Taya spends half of her time working with the Young Women in Trades and Technologies program, a pilot program in partnership with Shell Canada, which aims to increase the number of young women pursuing non-traditional careers in the trades and technologies through the Registered Apprenticeship Program and dual-credit programs. The other half of her time is working with the Aboriginal Youth CAREER Pathways Programs, working to introduce First Nation, Metis and Inuit students to meaningful career exploration opportunities, including internships with various employers, summer camps and hands-on learning workshops.
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Careers in Sociology

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5 - 7 p.m.
Tory 3-36

Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts

Featured Speakers

  • Fauza Mohamed
    Fauza graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. (Hon) in Sociology in 2005 and went on to complete a Master of Social Work degree at Carleton University. Fauza then worked in Ottawa at a Community Health Centre for four years in the areas of community development, community organizing, and health promotion. Fauza returned to Edmonton in 2011 to complete a law degree at the University of Alberta and now practices as a family lawyer.
  • Meagan Simon
    Meagan's career began when she read How Can I Help? by Ram Dass in one of her philosophy classes. She decided to answer that question by volunteering at the Peer Support Centre, and from that beginning has enjoyed a career path that has included working at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton as the Director of Public Education, and coordinating grant applications for researchers in the University of Alberta's Department of Physical Therapy. Meagan now works at the University of Alberta's Sexual Assault Centre, where she coordinates and facilitates anti-sexual violence educational programming across campus, and provides support to survivors of sexual violence.
  • Meryn Severson
    Meryn Severson is a Policy and Research Analyst at Capital Region Housing. She is a recent University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts alumni, with a double major in Human Geography and Sociology. During her undergraduate degree, she focused on research and analysis, capped off by a year long study on homeownership, affordability, and young adults. Now working for CRH, she is translating that experience as she develops policies and procedures, researches issues and concepts in affordable housing, and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to strengthen social and affordable housing in the Edmonton area and province of Alberta.
  • Pooja Happy
    Pooja graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She started out at AECOM as a Junior Project Coordinator, and has grown through the years to become the Area Project Controls Manager for Alberta. As the Area Project Controls Manager for an engineering consulting firm, Pooja manages a team of 6 to provide project controls support to numerous projects across Canada, with specialized support provided internationally. From working as the Project Controls Lead on projects such as the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive here at home to building specialized SharePoint sites and reports for projects in the Netherlands and South Africa, she continues to learn and grow, lending her expertise wherever it's needed.
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Careers in Scientific Medical Profession(s):
Medical Physics

Wednesday, October 25
5 to 7 p.m.
CCIS 1-031

Sponsored by the Department of Oncology, Medical Physics Division

Featured Speakers

  • Atiyah Yahya
    Atiyah Yahya graduated with a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta in 1999 and then obtained a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2006.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry) and a clinical Medical Physicist at the Cross Cancer Institute.  She specializes in diagnostic X-ray imaging and magnetic resonance imaging physics.  She is involved with quality control of diagnostic imaging equipment such as MRI, CT, radiography,  and mammography machines and contributes to graduate student teaching and resident training.  Her area of research expertise is magnetic resonance spectroscopy and she is currently supervising two Medical Physics graduate students. Atiyah is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine.
  • Eugene Yip
    Eugene Yip grew up in Vancouver and pursued his undergraduate studies at UBC (BSc. Honours Biophysics, 2008). Drawn by the Medical Physics program at the University of Alberta, he moved to Edmonton and completed his masters (MSc, 2012) and doctoral (PhD, 2017) degrees. Eugene recently started his current role as associate medical physicist (resident) at the Cross Cancer Institute, where he is employed by Alberta Health Services. As a resident, Eugene will undergo a rotation over 2 years where he will work with numerous mentors to develop his clinical skills in the various aspects of the profession. Eugene aims to write his certification exam in 2020. As a resident, Eugene's regular duties include performing quality assurance on radiation therapy devices at the clinic, assisting in commissioning new clinical equipment, and research. Eugene's research interest is the application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology in the radiation treatment of cancer.
    Eugene Yip grew up in Vancouver and pursued his undergraduate studies at UBC (BSc. Honours Biophysics, 2008).  Drawn by the Medical Physics program at the University of Alberta, he moved to Edmonton and completed his masters (MSc, 2012) and doctoral (PhD, 2017) degrees.  Eugene recently started his current role as associate medical physicist (resident) at the Cross Cancer Institute, where he is employed by Alberta Health Services.  As a resident, Eugene will undergo a rotation over 2 years where he will work with numerous mentors to develop his clinical skills in the various aspects of the profession.  Eugene aims to write his certification exam in 2020.  As a resident, Eugene's regular duties include performing quality assurance on radiation therapy devices at the clinic, assisting in commissioning new clinical equipment, and research.  Eugene's research interest is the application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology in the radiation treatment of cancer.
  • Lesley Baldwin
    Lesley Baldwin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from UBC in 2003 and then came to the University of Alberta to pursue graduate studies in Medical Physics (PhD, 2010).  She now serves as both an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Oncology (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry) and a clinical medical physicist at the Cross Cancer Institute.  She specializes in radiation oncology physics, and is collaborating closely with both her physics and physician colleagues to develop a stereotacic radiosurgery program.  She also contributes to the orthvoltage and gynecological brachytherapy programs, teaches medical physics graduate students and radiation oncology residents, and is involved in public education outreach through the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
  • Matt Larocque
    Matt Larocque (Bachelor of Science in Physics – U of A 2004, PhD. Physics – U of A 2010) serves as both an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and a clinical medical physicist at the Cross Cancer Institute.  His area of expertise is in radiation oncology physics, and he is involved in numerous programs including ocular brachytherapy for eye cancer and the new Gamma Knife program at the university hospital.  Matt also teaches in the medical physics graduate program, radiation oncology residency program, and the radiation therapy (RADTH) undergraduate degree program. Matt is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine.
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Careers in Human Ecology

Thursday, November 2, 2017
5 - 7 p.m.
Ag/Forestry Building Atrium

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Careers Using Your Language and Culture Degree

Thursday, November 2, 2017
5 - 7 p.m.
HC L-2

Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts

Featured Speakers

  • David Sulz
    David Sulz has been a librarian at the University of Alberta libraries for 7 years who recently realized he has ended up in a traditional career job after several decades of non-linear "planned happenstance." While his undergrad double major in Pacific and Asian Studies & Economics with a minor in Japanese never really led directly to a career per se, it has almost always had some underlying influence through three other degrees and multiple jobs in several locations. More importantly, that language and cultural learning has enriched his non-working life in uncountable ways.
  • Gretchen Dubois-Phillips
    Gretchen Dubois-Phillips: Over the past 22 years, a variety of positions in the fields of tourism and international education have provided Gretchen with opportunities to put her degrees in East Asian Studies to practical use. Gretchen was a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme participant in Gifu, Japan, when she then transitioned into working as the JET Programme Coordinator with the Consulate General of Japan in Alberta. Gretchen has worked with the University of Alberta International since 2004 in a position that requires language and intercultural skills as well as human resource and fiscal responsibilities to manage short term programs for visiting international students and interns.
  • Katelyn Petersen
    Katelyn Petersen completed a jointly-delivered Ph.D. program in German Language, Literature, and Linguistics at the University of Alberta and the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, while also working at University of Alberta International, where she managed the UAlberta’s partnerships with European institutions. Katelyn then moved on and has managed the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research since 2014.
  • Melissa Lovatt
    Melissa is a seasoned communications professional with almost 20 years of experience working in various levels of government. Much of Melissa's career has focused on writing. She's written speeches for premiers, ministers, CEOs from across the country. She now leads a team of writers in Edmonton's City Hall - the heart of municipal government - providing writing and communications support to the Mayor and City Council on a broad variety of topics and issues.
  • Zhenya Tretiakova
    Upon completion of her undergraduate degree in Teaching English as a Second Language in Russia, Zhenya spent a year of teaching Russian in the USA as a Fulbright scholar. Zhenya then moved to Canada to pursue her graduate degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Now she works as the Learning Exchange Program Coordinator at Cultural Connections Institute (a non-for-profit charitable organization that provides English classes to adult newcomers), where she works with volunteer ESL teachers, designs the curriculum and lesson plans for 66 classes a week, and also goes back to the USA to teach Russian in the Summer Intensive Language Program at Beloit College.
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Women in Capital Markets

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
SUB 0-51

Sponsored by Women in Capital Markets

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Careers in English and Film Studies

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5 - 7 p.m.
HC 3-95

Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts

Featured Speakers

  • Caroline Gault
    In 2012, Caroline joined the founding team at Poppy Barley, a vertically integrated luxury leather footwear company, and built its online community to over 60,000 people. In addition to leading marketing, social media and creative content, she has managed media exposure for the brand in both national and international news outlets, including the Globe & Mail, Marilyn Denis Show, Redbook and Refinery29. Meanwhile, she contributed to the largest women's magazine in Canada, FASHION, as Alberta Editor, and has been published in the National Post, Edmonton Journal, Avenue Edmonton and Alberta Venture.
  • Dr. J. Lauren Johnson
    Dr. J. Lauren Johnson is a psychologist, amateur filmmaker, and the founder of the Therapeutic Filmmaking Institute. After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production at York University in Toronto, she went on to obtain a Master of Science in Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary and then completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. She currently works as a psychologist with outpatients at the Cross Cancer Institute as well as a private practice psychologist in central Edmonton.
  • Erin Elizabeth Fraser
    For four years Erin worked with the Metro Cinema Society as Theatre Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, where she curated a variety of successful film series. After helping Metro make the transition to the historic Garneau Theatre in 2011, she made her own transition– in 2013–to Alberta Film Classification, the Government of Alberta office responsible for film ratings. Since then she has contributed to the classification of over 700 international films and trailers annually. And she still watches other movies in her free time.
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